Same score as last night, but flipped; this time, the Braves again got all their runs in one inning, but not enough.
Brandon Beachy struck out six and walked no one in five innings, but gave up seven hits, including a homer to the opposing pitcher, Zach Britton, in the third. The Orioles got another run in that inning, and Britton scored another in the fifth, making it 3-0.
The Braves had had their chances, of course. In the first, they had first-and-third, one out, but couldn’t score. In the fifth, they loaded the bases with one out, but Jason Heyward, who had a rough game, hit a 3-2 pitch into a 1-2-3 DP. Finally in the sixth, they got off the mat.
Chipper walked. All-star starter Brian McCann, the best catcher in baseball, singled. Freddie Freeman followed with another single and it was 3-1. After the Uggla out, Nate McLouth singled to load the bases. Julio Lugo, starting at short, hit a chopper for an out, but scored McCann, and pinch-hitter Eric Hinske singled in two to make it 4-3.
And Fredi brought in Scott Proctor to pitch the seventh. He had a good reason: he’s dumb. Proctor, who is kind of like Tim Hudson if Hudson was a reliever and sucked, did what Hudson did last night, giving up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds. 5-4. Proctor even came out to pitch the eighth — see above, re: Fredi being dumb — and Cory Gearrin had to bail him out.
McCann almost tied it with a two-out drive in the seventh, but it hit the top of the wall and he was thrown out at second. In the eighth, McLouth just missed a two-run homer. The Braves had two out with two out, but Brooks Conrad couldn’t come through this time. They went 1-2-3 in the ninth, Chipper, after getting ahead 3-1, striking out on two pitches that looked nowhere near to me.